I turned on the RTE iPlayer on my iPad last night to watch the nine o’clock television news to see what coverage the national broadcaster was giving to the political crisis caused by the PSNI admission that the Provisional IRA had been involved in the slaying of Kevin McGuigan.
To my surprise, nay shock, there was not a single word or picture devoted to a story that has the potential to bring down the power-sharing government at Stormont and imperil not just the Good Friday Agreement but the peace process itself.
If proper news values had been applied, the story should have led the broadcast. But instead it was appallingly and completely absent.
So, last night I wrote to RTE public affairs to ask why and this morning the nice lady there sent me this reply:
We did not feature a report on the story on last night’s Nine O’Clock…
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